Rangers Roundup: Reaction To New Rangers Coaches, Brooks Notes How They’ll Be Used, And More


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Here are the latest rumblings around Rangerstown.

The Rangers announced their full coaching staff yesterday as Greg Brown and David Oliver join Lindy Ruff as assistants to new Rangers bench boss David Quinn. The Rangers are excited about their new coaches as are many in the hockey world. Chris Peters of ESPN offered high praise for Brown.

Jeff Cox, who covered the NCAA Hockey scene in Boston, also added his endorsement for Brown.

Finally, Rangers forward Chris Kreider spoke about his former coach.

Continuing with the coaches, NY Post beat writer Larry Brooks reports that Quinn will have Lindy Ruff and David Oliver alongside him on the bench, while Greg Brown will be the “eye in the sky” for Quinn and the Rangers coaching staff. Brooks continues on and says that Ruff will be the coordinator of the defensemen and the penalty killing, while the brain trust of Oliver and Brown will run the powerplay.

For a lot of Rangers fans, there was hope that Ruff would be in the rafters every night observing Quinn’s team from above so that the young coaches could step up in their roles. But, alas, that doesn’t seem to be the case. There is nothing wrong with having Ruff on the staff, especially when considering that Quinn, Oliver, and Brown have not been a head coach at the NHL-level. The fear is, however, that Quinn may lean on Ruff too much and that Quinn’s team will be caught between the old school Ruff, and the new school Quinn.

Lastly, in the same NY Post article, Quinn notes that his mindset heading into next season is one of positivity and optimism. “I want to hit the ground running when we open camp.” Quinn, who took some time to visit Henrik Lundqvist, Jesper Fast, and Mika Zibanejad over in Sweden, added that he knows this team is in a completely different circumstance than they are used to. However, that isn’t changing how he approaches his players and the work ethic required to win. “We want to win hockey games. We’re not coming into this with an attitude of being willing to settle for less. The answers are within the walls of our locker room. We need guys who are committed to working each day to be at their best. If a guy didn’t have his best year last year, we need him to be better this year. That’s the way we’re going to get back to being successful.”

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